Fussy Eating to Happy Eating
- Children may refuse some foods, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying to kindle a taste for it. It sometimes takes nearly nine trials before your child may finally taste a new food.
- If the child rejects a certain form, try to offer the food in a different form. It may be raw, cooked, in a different shape, or combined with different flavors. Rejected foods can be offered again through a different preparation, style, or shape. In fact, there are chances for it to become a child’s preferred food! A good way to develop their interest in any particular food is to let them help you during preparation.
- It’s important for parents or caretakers to be patient, positive and peaceful while dealing with mealtime antics. All tactics such as force feeding, negotiating, pleading, bribing or guilting children to eat must be avoided. Bargaining with specific foods especially desserts must not be resorted to.
- Don’t encourage a child’s food favoritism. Also, be flexible about a favorite today and fussy tomorrow.
- When children are recovering from an illness or are teething, their appetite tends to suffer. Be prepared and make peace with the extra fussiness during such times. The opposite is applicable too. If your child is showing a sudden loss of appetite, it could be because of an impending illness or a reaction to stressful situations.